Darvish allowed three runs on six hits in his six innings, and he struck out the Rockies top two hitters, Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki, three times apiece.
"It obviously had a big-time feel of a Major League game tonight and I think it's safe to say that Mr. Darvish comes as advertised, because he was awfully good," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "Tremendous arm speed, a great mix of pitches, pitches to both sides of the plate."
In the sixth inning Darvish hit Michael Cuddyer on the right hand with a fastball, forcing the Rockies right fielder to exit the game with what was determined to be a contusion of his ring and middle fingers. No X-rays were needed.
The Rangers offense threatened all night, putting runners on base in each of the first six innings off Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin. It was just a matter of getting the big hit, and in the fifth inning, Josh Hamilton provided that by crushing a two-out, two-run double off the center-field wall that gave the Rangers a lead they never relinquished.
Chacin was in trouble all night, but he managed to limit the damage to just five runs in his 6 1/3 innings. He struck out three.
The Rangers got on the board when Yorvit Torrealba roped a two-run double to left. The hit scored Michael Young and Mitch Moreland, who had both singled.
But the lead was short lived as Jason Giambi equalized with a long, two-run homer to right-center field that landed halfway up the grass hill.
Giambi and first baseman Todd Helton were the only two Rockies to solve Darvish. They combined for five hits (three from Giambi and two from Helton) while the rest of the Rockies could muster just one.
Rangers up next: Neftali Feliz pitches against the Indians on Saturday night at 9:05 CT in Goodyear. This will be Feliz's first appearance in a Cactus League game since March 20, when he left his start against the Cubs after three scoreless innings with tightness in his right shoulder. He pitched four innings in a Minor League game on Tuesday.
AJ Cassavell is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less